Program: Collaborative Research for Common Regional Issues (CRC)

Field: Geological and Geo-Resource Engineering

Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tun Naing

Sending University: University of Yangon (UY)

Japanese Co-Investigator: Prof. Dr. Hiroshi KAWASE

Japanese University: Kyoto University

Year: 2014


Myanmar is an earthquake-prone country like other countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and so on in ASEAN. The proposed research area, Mandalay, is one of the most populated and socio-economically important cities in Myanmar. It is located in high seismic prone area and so high damage and losses will have been observed if there is an earthquake in future. Therefore, this research mainly focus to mitigate the seismic hazard in Mandalay from aspect of determining underlying soil layers’ effect. For that case, primary and secondary boring data were combined to results from microtremors measurements at more than 140 sites. The major outcomes from this research are map of fundamental frequency, map of peak amplitude, map of sediment thickness, map of average shear wave velocity and map of engineering bedrock. These maps are very useful for mitigation of seismic hazard in Mandalay city. Some maps will be fundamental supports to Myanmar National Building Code and local code of practices while others will be important steps for future researches and for other researchers. This research strengthen my academic network to Kyoto University and Universitas Gadjah Mada. Moreover, my academic network extends to other local university; Mandalay University, Mandalay Technological University, Sagaing University, Bago Unversity and Yangon Technological University. Two students from research group had already completed Master degree during this research. Two students already been in overseas under JICA scholarship program (one is Ph.D Sandwich student at UGM, Indonesia and one is Direct Ph.D student at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand). The research outcomes are major needs for the public to understand potential hazard and how to mitigate it. It is quite sure that the research outcomes will upgrade the industry to another level of hazard analysis and mitigation.